Preview: Notre Dame at Army

When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 12, 2016
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas


There will be significant bowl-game ramifications for both sides when Notre Dame takes on Army on Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Fighting Irish, ranked ninth in the country to begin the season, will need to win out to gain bowl eligibility - something they've achieved in each of coach Brian Kelly's first six seasons with the school.

Meanwhile, the Black Knights are one away from that coveted sixth win and their first bowl berth since 2010. "(Coach Jeff) Monken has done a great job of bringing this program back to prominence relative to their standing amongst the academies," Kelly told reporters. Notre Dame suffered a 28-27 loss last week to another of the academy squads in Navy, while Army struggled to get its vaunted rushing attack going in a 31-12 loss to Air Force. The Fighting Irish have claimed 14 straight meetings, although the traditional rivals have played just twice since 1998 and last met in 2010.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Notre Dame -13.5

ABOUT NOTRE DAME (3-6): In an otherwise frustrating season, the Fighting Irish have seen some growth from quarterback DeShone Kizer. The junior has completed 67.7 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and no interceptions over the last two weeks, which comes on the heels of a stretch during which he threw at least one interception in six straight games. Notre Dame allowed Navy to run for 320 yards and convert 8-of-13 third downs, which Kelly said was a point of emphasis in preparing for the Black Knights' ground game.

ABOUT ARMY (5-4): Junior Ahmad Bradshaw has been forced to go to the air a bit more of late and the results have not been pretty (40.9 percent completion rate, seven interceptions in the last three games). Andy Davidson (707 rushing yards) and Bradshaw (602) lead the way on the ground for a unit that averages 320.6 yards in that category to rank second in the nation. Army's last win in the series was a 14-2 triumph at Notre Dame in 1958.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Davidson has been kept out of the end zone in four straight games after recording seven TDs in his first five contests this season.

2. Fighting Irish WR Torii Hunter Jr. recorded career highs of eight catches and 104 yards last week.

3. Notre Dame last missed a bowl game in 2009, when it finished 6-6.

PREDICTION: Notre Dame 35, Army 28

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Notre Dame 3-6 L1 29.9 27.7 3-4 0-2 2-5 0-0 0-0
Army 5-4 L1 29.3 18.1 2-2 3-2 1-1 1-0 0-0

Last Meeting

Notre Dame Army
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/20/10 ARMY 3 ND 27 373 159 214 174 135 39

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ND T. Rees 65.0 214 1 1
ARMY T. Steelman 28.6 39 0 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ND C. Wood 14 88 6.3 0
ARMY P. Mealy 6 30 5.0 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ND T. Eifert 4 78 19.5 1
ARMY D. Brooks 1 27 27.0 0
TDs Player TD
ND T. Eifert 1
ARMY A. Aaron 0
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ND D. Kizer 60.4 2261 19 7
ARMY A. Bradshaw 42.9 558 3 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ND J. Adams 113 583 5.2 2
ARMY A. Davidson 132 707 5.4 7
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ND E. St. Brown 42 745 17.7 8
ARMY E. Poe 12 245 20.4 2
TDs Player TD
ND E. St. Brown 8
ARMY A. Davidson 7

Quickchart Matchup

Notre Dame Off vs  Army Def
408.7 yards
288.1 yards
4.2 yards/rush
4 yards/rush
8.2 yards/attempt
6.4 yards/attempt
Army Off vs  Notre Dame Def
410.2 yards
385.9 yards
5.3 yards/rush
4 yards/rush
8.2 yards/attempt
7.6 yards/attempt

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Notre Dame Overall Army
3-6-0 W/L 5-4-0
3-6-0 ATS 5-4-0
4-5-0 O/U 3-6-0
29.9 Pts For 29.3
27.7 Pts Against 18.1
Notre Dame A/H Army
0-2 W/L 2-2
0-2-0 ATS 2-2-0
1-1-0 O/U 2-2-0
25.0 Pts For 30.8
30.0 Pts Against 21.8